Regal Cinemas DESOLATION OF SMAUG Celebration

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug is out TODAY!

To celebrate, Regal Cinemas held a massive party at Meltdown Comics in LA. It is hands down the best gathering of Tolkien fans we’ve ever seen, complete with dwarf rapping, Gandalf roasting, and cosplay!

For more giggles, check out their full rap remix of FAR OVER THE MISTY MOUNTAINS COLD:

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Watch Video of The Hobbit Fan Event!

If you missed the global Hobbit fan event earlier this week, you can watch it in its entirety below!

Five New International Posters for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Five new international movie posters for The Hobbit:  The Desolation of Smaug have been revealed–check them out below!

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Peter Jackson Announces Hobbit Fan Event

Save the date!  Peter Jackson announced on his Facebook page that on November 4th (5th for New Zealanders) a pretty exciting fan event will take place in London, New York, Los Angeles, and Wellington–complete with live appearances from the cast!  Complete details can be found below.

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Hi everyone! Less than two months ’til we open “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” on December 13, and we’re in the midst of an intense post-production.

However, we have got a pretty cool fan event planned for Monday, November 4, and I would like to invite you to join me and many members of the cast in a special live presentation. We’ll be appearing before live audiences in cities around the world, including London, New York, Los Angeles and, of course, here in Wellington – which, for Kiwi fans, is going to be Tuesday, November 5.

This is how it’s going to work: the 4 host cinemas will all have members of the “Desolation of Smaug” cast on stage, and we’ll all be satellite-linked to allow everyone to participate in a simultaneous Q&A … as well as present a few special surprises. Additional cinemas will be set up in select locations worldwide where fans can gather and watch the events unfold live.

If you can’t be there in person the event will also be streamed live on the internet.

But for those that do show up in the cinemas… let’s just say that I’m going to have a special “thank you” from me for making that extra effort.

Be sure to check the official Facebook and Twitter pages for details on locations, timing, and how to sign up for a chance to join us.

We’re working around the clock at the moment, so I’m not going to get a lot of sleep between then and now, but I am looking forward to this. Hope to see you there!

Happy Birthday, Frodo and Bilbo Baggins!

It turns out the two greatest hobbits in the history of Middle Earth happen to share a birthday!

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Happy Birthday, Frodo and Bilbo!

New Poster and Image from The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

Coming Soon has posted a new poster and image from The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug!

The poster is a simple reflect of Bilbo Baggins in the eye of Smaug:

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Meanwhile, the still from the film gets us a look into the action-packed “Barrels out of Bond” chapter from the original book, including the arrow-riddled barrels!

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Cate Blanchett ‘Stalked’ Her Way into The Hobbit

In a recent interview with Flicks and Bits, Cate Blanchett talked about her disappointingly brief time on the set of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and how it essentially led her to “become a stalker” when rumors of The Hobbit began to surface!

“I had no expectation that there would be anything more after the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I thought that was sort of the end of the journey – and my time on that trilogy was all too brief. I was there for three or four weeks, even though they shot for such a long time, I was only there for that amount of time. So when I heard that Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh (producer/screenwriter) and Philippa Boyens (screenwriter) were going to embark upon The Hobbit, I became a stalker, and I literally called my agent – and I don’t really bother my agent that much, but I called her pretty much everyday to say, “Is there any word yet? Is Galadriel going to be in it?” I kept getting the answer that Peter doesn’t know yet, because of course Galadriel doesn’t appear much in The Hobbit book, so I was hoping against hope. And then when I got word that, in fact, she was going to be in a small section of it I was over the moon. It was a little bit like returning to Summer camp, in that so many of the people that were a part of the first journey are a part of this journey. It’s an amazing thing to be able to return to something that begun 12 years ago.”

Flicks and Bits also talked to Hugo Weaving in the interview, who talked about what delving into the fantastical world of Middle Earth to tell stories about the human condition means to him:

We’re all dressed up and pretending, creating this world – and that’s the wonderful thing about it. That’s why you do it, you try to illuminate another reality, or illuminate another internal reality for a particular person or a group of people, create a whole new world. And in this sense it’s a really fantastical world, which has repercussions for who we are as people, even though they’re elves and dwarves and hobbits, there’s obvious parallels between the world which we inhabit and in which these characters inhabit. That’s a delight, it’s why we do it. For me this Middle-earth world is so interesting.


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